RAF terrorist released after 21 years in jail

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20 August 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A former member of Germany's Red Army Faction (RAF) urban guerrilla group has been freed after serving 21 years of a life sentence for murder, Berlin's justice department said Monday.

20 August 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A former member of Germany's Red Army Faction (RAF) urban guerrilla group has been freed after serving 21 years of a life sentence for murder, Berlin's justice department said Monday.

Eva Haule, 53, was released from a women's prison in the German capital on Friday, the same day as a court in Frankfurt suspended the remainder of her sentence.

Haule was first detained in 1986 following the bombing the previous year of a US military base near Frankfurt which left two people dead.

She was also found guilty of the earlier murder of a US soldier with the aim of using his identity document to gain entry to the Rhein-Main airbase.

Haule was part of the second generation of the RAF, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang after its best-known members Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhoff.

She is the second former terrorist to be released this year. In March, Brigitte Mohnhaupt was freed after serving a 24-year sentence for her role in a series of murders of prominent officials in 1977 aimed at securing the release of Baader and fellow terrorists Jan-Carl Raspe and Gudrun Ensslin.

In May, German President Horst Koehler rejected an appeal for clemency from another member of the group, Christian Klar. Klar was arrested in 1982 and must remain in prison until 2009.

DPA

Subject: German news

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